Former Mount Vernon star Jabarie Hinds was granted his release and will transfer from West Virginia. The school released a statement on its website today saying that Hinds and two of his teammates will transfer. Former Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino has confirmed that Hinds will, in fact, transfer, but said the former New York state “Mr. Basketball” has not picked his next destination.
As a sophomore, the 5-foot-11 Hinds appeared in all 32 games and averaged 7.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, but his playing time decreased during the Mountaineers’ disappointing 13-19 season. Hinds started 26 games, but saw his playing time diminish by 6.0 minutes per game compared to his freshman year.
Hinds was the team’s highest-ranked recruit entering the 2011-12 season. He averaged 7.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game and led the team with 108 assists and 46 steals as a freshman. He started all 33 games and averaged 28.8 points per game.
Iona would seem like a logical destination. The Gaels have had recent success with high-major transfers, including the MAAC player of the year Momo Jones. Iona has thrived playing at a fast pace under Tim Cluess, who has led the team to two straight trips to the NCAA tournament. Of course, one of Cluess’ assistants is Garee Bryant, a former Mount Vernon player and assistant coach.
More to come…